The long awaited return of Master Chief to the Xbox 360 is now less than a week away, and the first reviews are starting to come in. The good news is that the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive, with plenty of praise for the way 343 Studios has picked up the reins from series creator, Bungie.
You might have thought that Halo 4 was a fairly generous package, what with its blockbuster solo or co-op campaign, varied competitive modes, Forge map editor and ongoing Spartan Ops side missions. Well, developer 343 Studios clearly feels it hasn't been generous enough, as it's adding some new modes to the multiplayer suite.
This season's blockbuster crop offers plenty of games with the sort of long term gameplay and enduring appeal needed to keep you sane until January kicks the door in. Here's our pick of the top five festive gaming getaways.
Halo 4 - Review (08/11/2012)
A robust, enjoyable playpen for shooting aliens, one built upon solid foundations, and proving that 343 has the chops to carry Mas…
Call of Duty: Modern Warfar… (11/11/2009)
Infinity Ward have had a massive challenge to ensure that Modern Warfare 2 goes above and beyond what fans are expecting. With eac…
Halo movie could still happ… (11/04/2013)
Will a Halo movie ever get in front of cameras? Microsoft certainly wants it to happen, and the project is not without high profil…
343 Studios already promisi… (10/01/2013)
Halo 4 only came out just before Christmas, but Frank O'Connor, the Microsoft man in charge of the franchise, is already talking u…
New free-for-all multiplaye… (23/11/2012)
You might have thought that Halo 4 was a fairly generous package, what with its blockbuster solo or co-op campaign, varied competi…
Play Halo 4 and earn free M… (07/11/2012)
As if you needed any more reason to dive into Halo 4 this week, Microsoft has unveiled a scheme which rewards players with free Mi…